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Holy Week Schedule
April 13, 2014 @ 10:30 am - April 20, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Sunday, April 13th is Palm Sunday. At 10:00 am we will have our annual Pine Street Palm Sunday Processional complete with donkeys, palms and shouts of “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Plan on gathering along Pine Street around 9:45 am.
At 10:30 am Pat’s Palm Sunday message will be What Is the Palm Sunday Story You Need This Year? based on Matthew 21:1-11. What was Jesus feeling and thinking as he entered the city on the first Palm Sunday? What are we feeling and thinking as we enter the Palm Sunday story as it continues in 2014?
On April 17th, we will have our Maundy Thursday Seder dinner with Communion at 6:00 pm. We will gather in the church Parlor for a Seder Service, potluck dinner and celebration of communion. Our faith is anchored in the traditions of the Seder and nurtured in the stories of that last Thursday of Jesus’ life. Click HERE to RSVP for our Seder dinner.
Friday, April 18th is Good Friday. From noon – 3:00 pm our Community Good Friday Service will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church. Pat will preach on the Last Word of Jesus It Is Finished around 2:40 pm that afternoon. When Jesus spoke those words what was actually finished? And what was not actually finished?
At 7:00 pm our Good Friday Service will be held in our Labyrinth and will include music from Seicento Baroque Ensemble who will offer three Good Friday pieces. FUMC members, who traveled to Palestine, will lead us in a Contemporary Way of the Cross, a liturgical journey along the Palestinian via Dolorosa. It links the original events with the continuing suffering of the occupied people who live in that land today.
On Easter Sunday at 8:00 am we will have a Communion Service. Pat’s message will be What’s It Like to Embrace the Eternal? The Easter Story remembers the life, teachings, compassion and passion of Jesus. Easter also claims the presence of Jesus right here and right now. This story also trusts the promise that God will be present with us always. How can this be? And what does this mean for us.
At 9:00 am our youth will serve not only a heart-healthy Easter Breakfast but also a heart-warming Easter Breakfast. Join us in the church Parlor for our festive oatmeal bar and joyful conversation as we delight in Easter Sunday. Donations support our Summer Youth Mission Project.
At 10:00 am we will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt on our church lawn. The wonders of Easter come alive as our children search for Easter treasures and treats even as all of us embrace the special gifts of Easter.
At 10:30 am we will celebrate the glory of Easter in music, in prayer and in story. Pat’s message will be Why not Stop Waiting for the Resurrection and Instead Allow Ourselves to be Resurrected? Almost everyone was confused on the first Easter Sunday. Most were simply afraid about what the future might hold. Others gave up nearly all their sense of hope. The resurrection realities seemed to be too much to take in. Over time, a few began to open their hearts and minds – their very beings – to the reality of resurrection. What can happen when we open ourselves to the idea of resurrection?
At noon, we will serve Easter Dinner at our Heartfelt Café. Many will come to eat, to rest and to sit in peace for awhile and to experience Easter in a very tangible and heartfelt way.